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The Bears Den Trail Center and Hikers Hostel - Bluemont, Virginia

Bears Den Trail Center and Hiker Hostel in Bluemont, Virginia
The Bears Den Trail Center is in Bluemont, VA which is 982 miles from Springer, GA and 1185 miles from Katahdin, ME. It is set to model a European castle. The sixty-six acre retreat boasts two stone turrets, three circuit trails, a campground, and a secluded cottage in the woods. The lodge is 150 yards from the Appalachian Trial. There you stand in the middle of the Roller Coaster section, a 13.5-mile up and down rocky path that offers challenging hiking, scenic overlooks, and bubbling mountain stream crossings. Don't forget to catch the beautiful sunset over Shenandoah Valley at Bears Den Rocks.


Bears Den has something to offer for long-distance backpackers, section hikers and day hikers! Bears Den is no mere hiker shack; it is the premier hostel on the Appalachian Trail.

The co-ed hiker hostel is accessible at any time of the day to long-distance backpackers. The hiker door is around the back of the lodge and using your guidebooks and maps, enter the code and open the door.

Appalachian Trail MarkerBear Den Rocks

Inside, you'll find 10 bunk beds, a lounge area, sodas for sale, a community computer, TV, a landline and a bathroom with shower and basic hygiene products. If you are staying the night, grab a bunk and make yourself at home. Linens and towels are provided. If you are passing through and just want to buy a soda ($.50) and a shower ($3), leave your money in the refridgerator door and happy trails!

The upstairs will open at 5pm, when you can access laundry facilities and detergent ($3/load), a full kitchen and our store that sells short-term resupply, pizzas and Ben & Jerry's ice creams. We even have a piano and guitar for the musically inclined!

Guests that hike in pay only $17 for a bunk and shower, while drivers pay $23. We offer a hiker special, which includes: bunk, shower, laundry, 1 soda, pizza and a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for $30!
Bears Den History
Bears Den was built by Dr. Huron Lawson, a professor emeritus in obstetrics and gynecology at The George Washington University, and his wife, Francesca Kaspari, a soprano singer, as their summer home. The couple traveled to Europe and designed the home to replicate a faux Medieval castle. Dr. Lawson used the local stonemasons and built the home in three stages, with the last to be the turret in the back. The curved living room was designed for its acoustical properties and for Francesca's recital room. There are also two small stone structures near the day-use parking lot. One was used as a ticket booth because Dr. Lawson created a petting zoo and charged five cents as admission and for visitors to picnic and access the overlook. The other stone structure was, and still is, the well house.

Today - The ATC is the owner, but has had different entities manage the property over the years. In 2007, the PATC took over management and works cooperatively with the ATC to operate Bears Den Trail Center as a nonprofit organization. Bears Den offers an array of services, including a hostel with full services, accommodations for group or private party rentals/retreats, a primitive campground and a rustic cottage for rent. The 2,184.2-mile AT is just 150 yards from the lodge.

Bears Den Trail Center and Hiker Hostel
18393 Blueridge Mountain Road
Bluemont, VA 20135
Phone: 540.554.8708


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